Paul Atkinson is the Chief Executive Officer for Eggleston. A native of Hampton Roads, his daily responsibilities include fiscal management and planning, program development, strategic initiatives and maintaining effective and productive relationships with state, local and national disability organizations.
When Mr. Atkinson was named Eggleston’s executive director in 1991 the organization had an annual revenue budget of less than $500,000 and served 125 persons with disabilities. Today the organization provides employment or services to over 700 persons with an annual revenue budget of $24 million dollars.
Mr. Atkinson received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and began his professional career as a special education teacher. In addition to having worked in the public school system, Paul also worked within the state institutional system where he became aware of a variety of challenges facing persons with disabilities.
Mr. Atkinson is a graduate of the Hampton Roads Civic Leadership program, and is a past winner of the Virginia Beach Foundation’s Excellence in Non-profit leadership award. He has served as the Chair of Source America, a national organization of 500 non-profits providing disability employment services and was recently selected as the recipient of the Milton J. Cohen Leadership Award. He is a former president of vaACCSES, a state trade association for community rehabilitation programs, and former president of the National Council of Work Centers. He is also a mediator, licensed by the Supreme Court of Virginia.
Harrison “Harry” Misewicz is the Chief Operating Officer of Eggleston. A native of the Washington, DC metropolitan area for most of his life, Harry relocated to the Hampton Roads area in 2022 after being named COO of Eggleston. Harry’s daily responsibilities include oversight of all programs, implementation of strategic development goals that are set by the Board, management of customer relationships, oversight of employee actions, and operational compliance with state, local, and national regulations.
Harry is one of nine children that are spread out across the entire US and is proud to be the middle child from a very loving family. Harry obtained his Eagle Scout at the age of 14 and continued with participation in scouting throughout his teens. After graduating from high school, Harry began his career in government contracting, only stopping for the time in which he went to obtain his higher education degrees.
Harry is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where he obtained his BA in Communication Studies with a minor in Political Science, and he is a graduate of Mitchell Hamline School of Law where he obtained his JD. Since graduating law school, Harry has dedicated his life to the service of individuals with significant disabilities. Harry has worked for both a Central Nonprofit Agency in AbilityOne and a large Nonprofit Agency that is affiliated with that network. Harry brings his expertise and networking skills to Eggleston and is committed to growing on the excellent reputation that Eggleston has built over the last 65+ years. In addition to his passion for service of those with significant disabilities, Harry has been of service to the homeless and those with substance abuse disorders by serving through the Continuum of Care and volunteering at various group homes.
Helene Russell is the Chief People Officer of Eggleston and the First Black Female to hold a Chief Executive Position. As a Norfolk native, her daily responsibilities include advising on HR issues for other C-level Executives, driving the development of all programs related to “people” issues, and crafting the organization’s values to maximize employee potential.
As Chief People Officer, Helene brings a wealth of diverse HR Leadership experience to Eggleston. Helene has spent 30 years as part of the Eggleston team, where she acquired a strong foundation in both Human Resources and Leadership. Helene has extensive knowledge in supporting many employees, focusing on Person-Centered Achievement and Advancement. Having served as the top HR Executive, Helene is known for her ability to think strategically, act pragmatically, and obtain outstanding results by adopting a project-driven structure and fostering a collaborative and empowering culture that reaches across silos. As a graduate of Maury High School, Helene has demonstrated her abilities through her commitment to continuous hard work, education, training, Non-Profit Management, and Leadership, beginning her career as a dietary supervisor working with seniors. Helene attended the University of Maryland for her Employment Specialist Certification and Old Dominion University for her HR Certification. Helene has received various Employee Appreciation Awards, including Employee of the Year!
Helene is married to her high school sweetheart, Michael; they have one daughter-Shenita and a dog-Chauncey. Helene spends her free time uplifting her family, friends, and anyone in need.